“It is to one’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel” (Proverbs 20:3).
Have you ever had an argument when you were angry? Or had a heated debate? Or an unsettled discussion using asperity? Are differences in viewpoints on issues such as politics, religion, domestic or work-related issues worth the heartaches from negative outcomes?
Perhaps most arguments and quarrels are pointless, fruitless, vain, worthless and ineffectual that are usually about trivial issues and between people who are usually on good term.
What does the Bible say about being angry? “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:26, 28-32).
Emotions are involved in all quarreling and everyone should want to resolve them. However, Christians must resolve conflicts for the sake of unity and preventing Satan from using opportunities to cause division in the church. Everyone’s decision to have their own values and views should be respected. Ask yourself if heated arguments and disagreements are worth losing your soul? –Mark 8:37
I have been guilty in the past but now pray before I talk about controversial topics and stop before sinning.
What are your thoughts on this topic?
Sermon title “Think Before You Speak” by Felton D. Woods can be heard on Facebook at fb.me//SermonsOfFeltonDWoods.
“Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.” –II Timothy 2:14-16